Dining Services

Frequently Asked Questions

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When is the best time to come to Valentine?

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How can students give feedback to Dining Services?

Comments and suggestions are always welcome. You can submit feedback online here. You are also welcome to fill out a comment card in the dining hall.  All signed suggestions will be addressed by Valentine Managers and posted weekly. If you have a concern which requires immediate attention, please call the Dining Services Office at extension 2221.

What happens if I fall sick? Can I still get my meals?

In the event that you are ill and unable to come to Valentine, a meal can then be picked up by a friend or roommate, who will need to present your ID and medical note to the Meal Checker at the entrance to the Dining Hall.

Can I bring a guest?

Yes. Students on the meal plan are given two free guest passes a semester. In addition, you may purchase discounted guest meals if you have AC DOLLAR$. Otherwise, guest meals can be purchased at the full cash prices.

What if I have special dietary needs or a food allergy?

Individual nutritional assessments are available for those students with special dietary needs or restrictions. Special meal arrangements can be made through Charles Thompson, director of dining services. We are proud to offer an "allergy friendly" section in our dining hall, featuring many food items for our guests including soy milk & cheese, gluten free breads, pastas & pizza and allergen friendly soups.  There is also a gluten free toaster & microwave available.

Can I eat my meals at any of the other nearby colleges?

Amherst College Students may obtain a Five College Meal Pass from the receptionist in the Dining Services Office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students with a pass are permitted to eat any meal Monday through Friday at any of the Five Colleges. However, a student must have a class or other authorized reason to partake in these meals.

What is your policy regarding Kosher meals?

We provide Kosher Meal  service during Passover.   Arrangements and signs ups are coordinated though the Religion Department.

Can I reserve Valentine Hall for a private meeting?

There are three private meeting rooms in Valentine Hall available for student groups to reserve. Advance notice is required by calling the receptionist at ext. 2842, Monday through Friday, or stopping in the office between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Can I get lunches to go?

Valentine offers a Grab-N-Go program, located at Schwemms Coffe House Monday-Friday from 11am-2:30pm.  For more information & menus please visit their web page.

Can I become a part of the Dining Services Food Committee?

Dining Services welcomes student comments and suggestions. If you wish to be actively involved in providing recommendations regarding Dining Services and menus, please sign up to participate in our monthly meetings in the Dining Services Office, located in the basement of Valentine Hall.

Do we at Dining Services recycle any of our waste?

Using recycled products completes the recycling process. We are active recyclers and use a variety of recycled products in our facilities. Recycled paper is used in our copiers, fax machines and printers. Brochures, flyers and other publications are printed on recycled paper whenever possible. Unbleached napkins are used in all our dining facilities.

We recycle the following items from our kitchens: glass, aluminum, tin, plastic, paper, cardboard & food waste for compost.

What can I take out of the dining commons?

Your cooperation in following some basic policies of the College will make dining here more enjoyable. All students on the meal plan are given 2 free guest passes a semester to be used during the academic year. Please use your ID. Enjoy!

Students will only be allowed to take the following out of the Dining Hall:
1. One piece of fruit, a cup of cereal, an ice cream cone or your travel mug.
2. Any beverage in your travel mug.
3. A sandwich, bagel, muffin or dessert item. These items only, should be taken out.
4. Only disposable cups or napkins can be used to take these few items, mentioned above, out of the dining area. At no time are Dining Hall utensils, china, plastic dishes, salt and peppers, or trays to be taken from the dining area.
5. The only exception-please feel free to use your own single serving travel mug.
6. Any student caught not adhering to the policies must surrender his or her ID and may pay a fine of $25.

Where can I order a special occasion cake or care package for my student?

The town of Amherst is home to a number of bakeries that are able to deliver cakes and care packages to students.  Please visit their websites for more information.

Atkins Farms Country Market
Sugar Jones Cookies
The Black Sheep
The Henion Bakery

Who can I contact at Dining Services?

Dining Hall Main Office, ext. 2220
Charlie Thompson, Director - ext. 2837
Debbie Mokrzecki, Dining Services and Student Programs Manager - ext. 2835
Greg Wardlaw, Dining Services & Catering Manager - ext. 5783
Rosa Gomes, Dining Services, Vending and Cash Operations Manager - ext. 5775
Molly Venne, Assistant Dining Services Manager - ext. 2844
Erik Fawell, Executive Sous Chef- ext. 2037
Jeremy Roush,  Executive Chef- ext. 5474